Model: ASUS DRW-1608P3S 16x DVD±RW/RAM
Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer, Inc

As one of the biggest names in the computer industry, ASUS doesn't really need much of an introduction. Founded in 1989, this Taiwanese company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of computer components. While best known for their motherboards and video cards, ASUS has shown us that they're pretty serious about optical storage. Over the past few years, they've introduced a number of products for the portable and desktop markets. With their innovative technologies and impressive performance, these drives have been a big hit from the start.

One of the latest additions to ASUS's growing lineup of DVD writers is the DRW-1608P3S. Based on the Pioneer DVR-111, this new "Super-Multi" drive is capable of 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and has a maximum DVD read speed of 16x. The DRW-1608P3S also includes features like 40x CD reading and writing speeds, 32x rewriting speeds and support for technologies like FlextraLink and FlextraSpeed.

With store shelves already full of DVD writers with similar specs and features, ASUS's new drive is up against some stiff competition. To give you an idea of what to expect from the DRW-1608P3S, we'll take a look at some of its features and then see how it compares to some of the 16x DVD±RW drives from the competition. Does the DRW-1608P3S have what it takes? Is it the best bang for your buck? Read on as we find out.

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